On Wednesday 26 July 2017, Ambassador Tsuruoka bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Prof Joy Hendry, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and member of the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Japanese studies in the UK and thus to deeper mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom.

Professor Hendry is best known as a pioneer of Japanese studies in the area of anthropology, having engaged in research on Japan and conducted fieldwork there for more than 40 years. Other than her current positions of Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes University, Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, she has previously served as Reader at the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Stirling, the first Director of the Europe Japan Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University, the first Secretary-General of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, and Vice-President of the European Association for Japanese Studies.

Her research into various issues related to Japan includes Japanese views on families, marriage, education, politeness and cultural display, as part of her tremendous contribution to introducing and analysing Japan in the field of anthropology in the United Kingdom, the rest of the English-speaking world and continental Europe.

Ambassador Tsuruoka praised her research into various issues related to Japan and stated that "the insights she has gained from this work form part of her tremendous contribution to introducing and analysing Japan in the field of anthropology in the United Kingdom, the rest of the English-speaking world and continental Europe."

After receiving her decoration from the Ambassador, Professor Hendry gave thanks to the many people who had helped and supported her in her venture to build good relations between Japan and Britain.

A phalanx of anthropologists attending the presentation of the award to Professor Joy Hendry including André Singer, the RAI President, and Hilary Callan, RAI Director Emerita.